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February 4, 2011

Public Impact Fellowship for Chris Lay

Filed under: Lab Alumni, Neuroscience — mtaffe @ 5:15 pm

The UC Irvine website has a feature recognizing Chris Lay for winning a “Public Impact Fellowship” which was created to support:

…UCI grad students whose work has the potential to make a critical difference for Californians and others.

The “Impact” is likely to arise from his work on ischemic stroke.

Lay, 31, is a key member of a team led by neurobiology & behavior professor Ron Frostig, whose experimental stroke therapy research could provide a cheap, drug-free and effective way to save lives. About 750,000 Americans suffer strokes each year, at a cost of $74 billion.

The team discovered that by mechanically stroking a single whisker on sedated rats, the effects of ischemic strokes – the most common kind – were avoided. Lay is now testing the technique in rats that are conscious and wiggling their whiskers themselves.

“People don’t walk around under anesthesia,” he says. “So while this initial finding was great, we want to determine if someone in the back of an ambulance can be treated this way, while they’re awake and experiencing a stroke.”

A big congratulations to Chris on this recognition for his work!

1 Comment »

  1. Chris successfully defended his thesis in June 2011, a big congrats to him on this accomplishment!

    Comment by mtaffe — July 6, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

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